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Fox TV programming exec likely to walk

Cherniss looking to land in film position

Fox programming exec VP Matt Cherniss is in talks with Warner Bros. to segue into an exec role on the film side.

According to insiders, Cherniss — the No. 2 exec to entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly — was looking to make a career change.

Cherniss, who joined Fox in May 2008, will likely remain at the network through the end of the upfront season, when his contract expires. After that, he’s expected to take a job in feature development.

But the exec is free to start entertaining opportunities now, and Warner Bros. is said to be high on bringing him into the fold. Warner declined comment. But insiders believe the studio sees this as an opportunity to tap Cherniss’ tight relationships with some of the town’s top TV writers.

Cherniss was said to also be in high demand from other quarters, including cable nets. He’s had a hand in development of “Glee” and frosh laffer “Raising Hope.”

According to insiders at Fox, Cherniss’ position will likely not be filled, at least for now.

Before Fox, Cherniss was senior VP of original programming, FX drama and comedy series development. He had moved to FX as director of drama and comedy development in 2002.

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